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Hong Kong newspaper reports on Prof Peter Piot's visit to symposium, Oct 2014

School experts visit Hong Kong for 2014 East-West Alliance Global Symposia

This week marked the 2014 East-West Alliance Global Symposia, a two-day event aimed at promoting collaboration and the exchange of knowledge between Asia, Europe and North America. Read more

Boy collecting clean water from a pond sand filter, Islampu village, Koyra, Bangladesh, 2011

Trial shows stronger sanitation interventions are needed to realise potential health gains

By Oliver Cumming, Friday 10 October, 2014: Today the journal Lancet Global Health published the results of a cluster-randomised controlled trial for the effect of sanitation on a range of health outcomes in a rural setting in Odisha state in eastern India [1]. Read more

Leading health experts urge European governments to “mobilise all possible resources” to fight Ebola epidemic

Image: European Union flagsLeading health experts have urged EU Member States to “mobilise all possible resources” to assist West Africans in controlling the Ebola epidemic, in an open letter published in The Lancet. The letter is signed by 44 prominent academics, clinicians, and health professionals from 16 European countries, including Martin McKee, Professor of European Public Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and President Elect of the European Public Health Association. Read more

NHS contribution to the Ebola epidemic

Image: Ebolavirus. Credit: Frederick A Murphy

Ebola virus

As the Ebola outbreak continues to claim lives in West Africa, experts from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine are calling for the NHS to make a greater contribution to helping those affected. Professor David Moore, Dr Ron Behrens, and Dr Catherine Houlihan urge the NHS and the government to do more to enable NHS staff to take temporary leave of absence in order to go and provide medical support in the affected countries. This article was originally published in the BMJ as a response to a previous editorial. Read more

TB patient in Mumbai. Credit: WHO/Rochkind

How to hinder tuberculosis control: five easy steps

Tuberculosis (TB) control remains an important global issue, with 8.6 million TB cases reported by the World Health Organization in 2012 and 1.3 million deaths from the disease. Over 95% of tuberculosis deaths occur in low-and-middle-income countries.

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Maternity ward in Tanzania

Health workers in Tanzania face hurdles in performing effective maternal death reviews

The system of Maternal and Perinatal Death Review in Tanzania focuses too much on reporting mechanisms, and undermines opportunities to improve quality of care at hospital level, according to new research published in Tropical Medicine & International Health. Researchers found evidence suggesting a dysfunction in the established system, with poor…




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A crowd gathers for a community meeting about family planning in Ghana.

Health concerns now biggest reason for women not using family planning in Ghana

Lack of access to family planning services is often considered to be a major reason for women not using contraceptives in sub-Saharan Africa. However, health concerns and fear of side effects are now playing a more significant role, according to new research from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, published in Unmet Need for Family Planning – a special issue of Studies in Family Planning journal. Read more

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Welcome to the world’s leading research-focused graduate school

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine has been named as the world’s leading research-focused graduate school,  and is now highly rated in a number of world rankings. In May 2014,  the School was ranked in the top 10 of all universities both for citation rate and for top cited publications by the new EU-supported U-Multirank database, and fourth in the world, behind only the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Oxford and Harvard, for impact in medical sciences in the Leiden Ranking 2014*. Read more

GAHI website

New Global Atlas of Helminth Infections website

The Global Atlas of Helminth Infections (GAHI), based in the Department for Disease Control at the School and led by Prof. Simon Brooker, have launched a new website. ThisWormyWorld.org is a leading resource on the geographical distribution of neglected tropical diseases, and now searching for maps and data is even easier. Read more